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Heatsavers warm homes healthy people

HeatSavers – Warm Homes Healthy People


Kris mcgowan

HeatSavers –

Warm Homes, Healthy People

Kris McGowan

Introduction

Teacher, Trainer, Volunteer, Senior Project Manager, Store Manager, Dad, Energy Expert …


Marches energy agency

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Marches Energy Agency

Multi national award winning social enterprise

Train, educate, inspire, challenge, in the field of energy and environmental issues

Established 1997

Introduction


In winter 2010 11 there were 23 700 excess deaths in england alone 27 000 in the whole of the uk

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In winter 2010-11 there were 23,700 EXCESS deaths in England alone. 27,000 in the whole of the UK

A large proportion of these are preventable.

You are here to learn how.

Introduction


What we will cover today

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What we will cover today:

  • What is fuel poverty?

  • How can we identify need?

  • Learn how to spot the signs

  • Direct people to help

  • Get people warmer and healthier

  • Give you tools and expertise

Introduction


Heatsavers warm homes healthy people

HeatSavers –

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Introduction


Fuel poverty and the cold weather plan

Fuel Poverty and the Cold Weather Plan


Cold doesn t kill

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Cold doesn’t kill

  • Poor heating

  • Poor health

  • Poor ventilation

  • Low incomes

  • Finland is much colder every winter and has half the excess winter deaths

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Solutions

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Solutions

  • Insulate homes better

  • Heat homes better

  • Make sure access to correct benefits

  • Higher awareness

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Heatsavers warm homes healthy people

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The Cold Weather Plan was developed in partnership with:

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The CWP is a public health plan

Aim = to avoid the adverse health effects of winter by raising public awareness and triggering actions by those in contact with people most at risk

Sets out what needs to happen before and during periods of severe winter weather in England

CWP was launched on 1st November 2011

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The cold facts

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The cold facts

More people die during the winter than at other times of the year

23,700 excess winter deaths in England in 2010-11 (average of 27,000 per year)

This number can rise during very severe weather – 34,000 deaths in winter 2008-09

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Vulnerable groups

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Vulnerable groups

Older people (age 75+)

Young children

Pre-existing medical conditions

Living in poor quality housing

Households at risk of fuel poverty

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Indoor temperatures

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Indoor temperatures

Recommended by WHO:

21ºCRecommended minimum daytime temperature for main rooms

18ºC Recommended minimum bedroom temperature at night

World Health Organization (1987) Health Impact of Low Indoor Temperatures: Report on a WHO meeting. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.

Available at: http://tinyurl.com/3ghblbm

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Preventable

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Preventable

These are predictable and largely preventable causes

In most cases, simple actions could prevent illness, injury and death

Colder countries in Europe have fewer excess winter deaths

e.g. Finland has half the excess winter death rate of England

Colder countries are much better prepared for cold weather:

Well-insulated, well-heated, energy-efficient homes

Warm outdoor clothing

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Benefits of housing improvements

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Benefits ofhousing improvements

Improving housing conditions can lead to significant improvements in health and wellbeing

(Howden-Chapman et al, 2007)

A recent study showed that investing £1 in keeping homes warm could save the NHS up to 42p in health costs

(Liddell, 2008)

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Benefits of behaviour change

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Benefits ofbehaviour change

Protective behaviours (seen in colder countries):

Keeping houses warmer

Wearing adequate clothing outdoors

Potential barriers:

Practical issues (e.g. fuel poverty)

Many older people do not view themselves as vulnerable or at risk during winter

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Cold weather alert levels

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Cold Weather Alert levels

A series of escalating alerts will be issued depending on severity, duration & geographical spread of cold weather conditions

CWP sets out actions at 4 levels:

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Cascade of cold weather alerts

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CascadeofColdWeatherAlerts

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Examples of actions

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Examples of actions

Level 1

Identify individuals who are at particular risk from severe cold weather

Work with at-risk individuals, their families and carers to ensure that they are aware of the dangers of cold weather and how to keep warm

Level 2

When visiting clients, check room temperatures to ensure that clients are warm

Consider how the forecast weather conditions may impact on your work

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What is fuel poverty

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What is fuel poverty?

Fuel poverty is the inability to adequately heat the home and a household needs to spend 10% or more of its income in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime.

Low household income, poor insulation standards, inefficient or expensive heating systems and under-occupancy of properties.

Many older people require extra warmth as a result of age or disability and lack of access to mains gas supply denies many rural households the benefits of the most efficient and effective form of heating.

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Are our energy bills higher?


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Are our energy bills higher?


Shropshire s fuel poverty stats

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Shropshire’s fuel poverty stats..

Every year the health of 360 people in Shropshire will be adversely affected as a direct result of their homes being poorly insulated or the heating system being inadequate.

As a result, 114 of these will lose their lives.

The cost to the NHS is over £6 million.

One-off work to improve or repair cold homes is approximately £1.5 million.

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What is shropshire heatsavers

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What is Shropshire HeatSavers?

An ‘in-kind, low cost’ referral system between Housing and Health. Any health professional/volunteer visiting a patient/client can use a simple Affordable Warmth Checklist to determine whether fuel poverty exists and then refer directly to the housing advisers at Shropshire Council through a dedicated email to Shropshire HeatSavers.

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In summary

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In summary

  • Cold Weather deaths and illness are preventable

  • Warmer, better insulated homes will help, better access to services and the correct benefits will make significant difference

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Some exercises to warm us up

Some Exercises to warm us up!


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26% Roof

Draw a picture of a house

18% Windows

Exercises

33% Walls

3% Doors

12% Ventilation & Draughts

8% Floors


What are the signs of fuel poverty or cause for concern

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What are the signs of fuel poverty or cause for concern?

  • House condition

  • Heating system

  • Person’s health/ outward appearance

  • Debt

  • Overall energy use

Exercises


Things that you will spot

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Things that you will spot

  • Illness

  • What do they say?

  • What can you see?

Exercises


Referring householders for help

Referring householders for help


Referral form

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Referral Form

  • Complete as many parts as possible.

  • Make sure the client signs the form

Referrals


Send forms to the age uk office

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Send forms to the AGE UK office

  • They will then pass the details on to Shropshire HeatSavers

  • More points = more urgent

  • Benefits Team (increase income)

  • Housing Team (housing condition, emergency heating, grants)

  • Keep Shropshire Warm (insulation, grants, tariff switching)

  • Shropshire Home Services (handyperson, minor/ extensive works)

  • Just Credit Union (low cost loans)

  • AGE UK will be informed of the outcome and progress

Referrals


Case study what can happen

Case Study: What can happen?


Mr mrs stanson

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Mr + Mrs Stanson

  • 60+

  • Boiler Broken

  • Mr Stanson recently had a number of operations

  • Cold exacerbating problems

Case Study


Mr mrs stanson1

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Mr + Mrs Stanson

  • Customer services referred them to HeatSavers

  • 20/12/11

  • 2 emergency radiators delivered the next day

  • Officer from Housing Assistance Team visits

Case Study


Mr mrs stanson2

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Mr + Mrs Stanson

  • Application completed for Emergency Heating Grant

  • All eligibility criteria met

  • £1900 grant for new boiler and fitting

  • Warm home for Christmas!

Case Study


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Some free tools

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Some free tools:

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Shropshireheatsavers@shropshire gov uk

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Thank you!

Good luck!

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